Frances Fitzgerald: The jury was out last night as to whether she did enough to keep her job. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With the best will in the world, the Taoiseach explained to the Dáil, he is only as good as the information he is given. Leo could have cast a scorn(...)

John Murphy with Tim Kinsella, managing director of MKC Communications. Mr Murphy is former secretary general of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

John Murphy, the former top civil servant at the Department of Enterprise, has joined public relations firm MKC Communications as a consultant in its (...)

John Halligan (centre):  the Independent Alliance Minister of State expressed his remorse for the comments, stressing it was a “genuine mistake” and was never meant to cause offence. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister of State John Halligan has insisted he will pay back the €7,500 fine imposed by the Workplace Relations Commission after he asked a civil se(...)

 David Scoffield QC giving his opening statement to the inquiry into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which triggered the collapse of political powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photograph: RHI Inquiry/PA Wire.

Public concern over the calamitous ‘cash for ash’ scheme reached such a “fever pitch” that it contributed to the downfall of the Northern Executive an(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Minister of State for Housing Damien English speaking after the summit at the Custom House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has become the third Minister to host an emergency homelessness summit. Simon Coveney and Alan Kelly held similar (...)

Leo Varadkar said investing in leading-edge scientific and technological research was good for the Irish economy and would deliver ‘innovations which can improve our quality of life’. Photograph: Collins

The setting up of four new world-class Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres, backed by €114 million in Government and Irish industry fund(...)

Bord na gCon has spent almost €50,000 on public relations advice in the first five months of this year, more than twice what it spent in the previous two years combined.  Photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Concerns have been raised that State agencies are using public money for media coaching before appearances at Oireachtas committees in a bid to avoid (...)

Figures from the Department of Enterprise show staff levels at the agency have dropped consistently over the past six years

The agency responsible for cross-Border trade has had its funding reduced for each of the past six years in a row and is “just about able” to carry ou(...)

Declaring that he was ‘elected to lead but I promise to serve’, Leo Varadkar recommitted himself to the Coalition arrangement. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Leo Varadkar was elected Taoiseach yesterday and immediately announced a Cabinet reshuffle in which he promoted several Fine Gael TDs to leadership po(...)

  Seán FitzPatrick: A judge has   ruled that a State agency tried to “build or construct” a criminal case against the former Anglo chairman. Will he sue? Photograph:   Collins Courts

The acquittal of Seán FitzPatrick this week because the case against him involved a “biased” and “partisan” investigation conducted by the Office of t(...)

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